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Passenger Air Transportation

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Frontier Airlines for sale: Don't expect JetBlue or Southwest to be buyers, says industry expert

    ​It's only been two years since Republic Airways Holdings bested Southwest in the Frontier Airlines sweepstakes -- but the Republic-Frontier pairing is already headed for Splitsville. This week, Republic CEO Bryan Bedford said the firm is looking at selling Frontier, prompting speculation that ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Icelandair has a cool photo contest to launch its Denver International Airport flights

    Who put the "international" in Denver International Airport? Not just the Martians living in those underground tunnels at DIA. Next May, Icelandair will introduce non-stop flights from Denver to Reykjavik, Iceland -- and the airline just launched a photo contest for two round-trip tickets on that in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Frontier pilots approve cost-saving pact, CEO says airline over halfway to profitability goal

    Bryan Bedford.​Update: Frontier Airlines has just announced that pilots have approved a cost-saving agreement, with 89.6 percent offering their approval. That's not the end of the austerity plan, but in a statement, Frontier CEO Bryan Bedford says the carrier is more than halfway toward its " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Frontier scrambles to spin Southwest's AirTran acquisition in airline survival of the fittest

    ​I contacted Frontier spokeswoman Lindsey Purves at 6:17 a.m. yesterday for a comment about Southwest Airlines' acquisition of AirTran and what it might mean for what's still portrayed as Denver's hometown airline. But the statement Purves came up with nearly nine hours later doesn't even ment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Frontier Airlines uncancels its canceled Denver-to-Aspen flights

    ​In late July, Frontier Airlines announced it was discontinuing Denver to Aspen service. Well, never mind. The carrier is continuing the flights -- good news to local skiers on a tight schedule, not to mention Frontier's Colorado staffers, who'll see this decision, along with the extension of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Frontier extends its DIA lease -- and the airline's relationship with Denver, its "hometown"

    ​Since last November, when Frontier Airlines jobs began moving to Milwaukee and Indianapolis, locals have feared that the new acquisition of Indy's Republic Airways Holdings would slowly sever its ties to Denver. It's good news, then, that Frontier has extended its lease at DIA until 2020. Loo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    John Hickenlooper: Republicans use part of Democratic guv ad in latest jobs slap

    John Hickenlooper the way Republicans see him.​Update, 7:48 a.m., May 28: The Hickenlooper campaign has responded to this post. See how after the original item, published at 3:27 p.m. on May 27. The latest assault on Democratic guv candidate John Hickenlooper from the Republican Governors Ass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    United-Continental merger shouldn't push back already delayed contract talks, says union rep

    Photo courtesy Association of Flight Attendants-CWAUnited employees protesting stalled contract talks at DIA last month.​The merger of United and Continental is potentially blockbuster news, admits Ken Kyle, local counsel president for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA -- but only poten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Frontier Airlines' name to remain the same: Sorry, Midwest

    Photo by Ken OdeyBet these folks are happy.​ The suspense is finally over regarding Frontier Airlines. Frontier's owner, Republic Airways Holdings, has announced that the new name of the carrier, which is being combined with sister airline Midwest, will be... Frontier. Oh yeah: The airline wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Frontier rep: 140 jobs leaving Denver is actually good news for employees

    Some Denver jobs are flying to Indianapolis.​Word that 140 Frontier Airlines jobs will be relocating from Denver to Indianapolis, headquarters of Republic Airways Holdings, which bested Southwest in its quest for the carrier back in October, has been seen as a bummer in these parts. But Fronti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Our five best guesses about what those Northwest pilots were doing on their laptops as they drifted over Denver

    Up, up and away -- but where to?​ The latest story from those Northwest Airlines pilots who missed their Minneapolis-St. Paul destination by a mere 150 miles last week: As they flew over Denver, they started fiddling with their laptops and kinda/sorta lost track of time. Which is understandabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Southwest lets Frontier know it's not flying away

    ​When Southwest Airlines made its run at purchasing Frontier Airlines this past month, a number of industry observers speculated that it was doing so because Frontier was kicking its ass in Denver. But just because Southwest eventually lost out to underdog Republic Airways Holdings in the Fron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Three possible futures for Denver International Airport

    ​Republic Airways Holdings' victory over Dallas-based Southwest Airlines in the Frontier sweepstakes raises more questions than it answers, as Dallas Morning News airline blogger Eric Torbenson makes clear in "What Will Denver Look Like in Two Years?," an analysis published earlier today. In T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Southwest post-game remarks about losing Frontier

    ​Moments ago, Southwest Airlines released a statement about what everyone else had already figured out -- that Southwest's massive bid for Frontier Airlines had fallen apart at the last minute over an inability to get Frontier pilots to concede on seniority-oriented contract issues. In the do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Republic Airways Holdings lays low in Frontier sweepstakes

    An image from the Republic Airways Holdings website.​Tomorrow's the day when Frontier Airlines hits the auction block, and in recent days, Southwest Airlines, one of two publicly announced suitors, has gotten the vast majority of attention due to the size of its bid: $170 million, nearly $60 m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Southwest CEO Gary Kelly on the bid for Frontier

    Gary Kelly.​With yesterday's promise of a $170 million bid for Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines made it clear it really, really wants the Denver-based carrier. After all, the total was nearly $60 million more than its previously announced offer of $113 million, which was already higher th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Wanna get away, Denver? Southwest makes bid to buy Frontier Airlines

    ​ Several outlets are reporting that Southwest Airlines is trying to outbid Republic Airways and swoop up Denver's bankrupt hometown airline, Frontier. From the Associated Press: A court had already approved the sale of Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. to the parent of Republic Airways for $ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Today's Featured Event: Record-break at Film on the Rocks' World's Largest Music Lesson

    Paramount Pictures/Lucasfilm Join Henry and Indy Jones at Film on the Rocks.​Film on the Rocks is, hands down, my favorite summer film series in the area. First, there's the gorgeous view of the city from Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway in Morrison. Then there's all the a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Five stars at 30,000 feet

    There's much more planning required for very high-altitude cuisine than there is a mere mile above sea level, as Andres Jimenez is learning. Starting May 1, the exec chef at the Ritz-Carlton downtown will be the first of four Ritz-Carlton chefs to take on a two-month stint creating high-end, sky-hig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Continental keeps crash passengers away from the booze

    Continental Airlines probably should have known better. After all, the airlines have long understood that pacification of terrified passengers in a time of crisis keeps a bad situation from getting worse. The purpose behind those oxygen masks that drop from the ceiling of the plane? Oxygen gets you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    Szele just can't straighten up and fly right

    Christina Szele. Colorado’s most famous accidental tourist, Christina Elizabeth Szele, has a date in a Colorado court today, but she won’t be here in person. And that’s too bad, because we’d love to hear what legendary U. S. District Judge John Kane (profiled in this 2001 Westword feature) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    Shmuck Redux: Christina Szele's bumpy ride

    Christina Szele's most recent flights have been fueled by nose candy. This city's most famous accidental tourist is coming back. On June 17, 35-year-old Christina Elizabeth Szele was on a JetBlue flight bound from San Francisco for New York when she lit up a cigarette, then yelled obscenities, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    Frontier gives thanks for loan, loyalty

    Still up in the air. Frontier Airlines, which is fighting to stay aloft, yesterday floated two telling communiques. The first announced that the Denver-based airline had received a $30 million installment of the $75 million loan from Republic Airways Holdings that was approved by a bankruptcy judg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2008

    Traveling Turns South by Southwest

    Woe is the traveler this summer who flies for business or pleasure. As gas prices have gone through the roof, the airlines have responded by taking it out on passengers, raising ticket prices, adding fees for checked bags, canceling routes and charging for food. As a result, Westword decided to beg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    Giant Rocky Mountain News Typo Begs the Question: "Y"?

    There's no problem with the headline "Air Passenger 'Beyond Control,' Court Records Say" on the version of a June 20 article that appears on the Rocky Mountain News' website. It's another matter in the print edition, though. That headline reads, "Air Passenger 'Beyond Control,' Court Records Sa," wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2008

    Shmuck of the Week

    Just when you thought air travel couldn’t get any more annoying, United Airlines has decided to start charging $15 to check your suitcase. Make that your first suitcase. Your second bag will cost another $25. Oh, and in the event of a sudden drop in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will fall from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2006

    United: When Turkeys Fly

    Four years ago, Westword ran a "How United Airlines Ruined My Summer Vacation" contest. Well, this year United Airlines ruined my family's Thanksgiving. I got a phone call from my mother the Sunday after Thanksgiving. But she wasn't checking in to see how I was doing, or thanking me for the delicio ... More >>

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    I Fathered a Terror Suspect

    Losing the name game at our country's airports.

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    February 26, 2004

    Pop Quiz

    Heaven and Helluloid
    February 26, 2004

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    January 22, 2004

    Pop Quiz

    Fly Our Fiendly Skies

    January 22, 2004

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    December 25, 2003

    Year in Review: Strange But True

    From kitty cut-ups to an airline named Ted, this was one oddball year.

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    June 12, 2003

    Carry On!

    What my bag did on its summer vacation.

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    August 17, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of August 17

  • News

    April 22, 1999

    What's Fare Is Fair

    Denver and United Airlines are in a dogfight over who gets the loot.

  • News

    April 1, 1999

    Flight Diversions

    Rumors won't fly with those who lost their loved ones in a Colorado Springs plane crash.

  • News

    October 17, 1996

    Soar Loser?

    Western Pacific's losses mount as boss man Ed Beauvais scrambles with new plans.

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    September 26, 1996
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    September 19, 1996

    Continental Drift

    As prospects dim, Denver aviation officials still chase after an air link to Britain.

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    May 30, 1996
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    May 2, 1996

    As the Carousel Turns

    Is a new contract at DIA the first step toward ripping out the automated baggage system?

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    April 18, 1996

    Flights of Fancy

    Denver pays a consultant big money to get overseas flights for DIA--and goes nowhere.

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    February 22, 1996
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    December 27, 1995
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    November 22, 1995

    SOUTHWESTERN FLYER

    THE CITY CLEARS THE TARMAC FOR A TEXAS-SIZED TAXPAYER SUBSIDY AT DIA.

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    November 15, 1995
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    November 15, 1995

    I'M ED! FLY ME!

    COLORADO SPRINGS BOOSTERS GO UP, UP AND AWAY WITH ED BEAUVAIS.HIGH FLYER HOW MUCH OF A FLIGHT RISK IS WESTERN PACIFIC'S ED BEAUVAIS? JUST ASK THE INVESTORS IN HIS LAST AIRLINE.

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    October 25, 1995

    INSIDE THE BELTWAY

    THE BAE BAGGAGE SYSTEM COST HALF A BILLION DOLLARS AND DELAYED DIA'S OPENING FOR MORE THAN A YEAR. AND IT STILL ISN'T WORKING.BAG IT WILL THE CITY HAVE TO PACK IN DIA'S AUTOMATED BAGGAGE SYSTEM?

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    June 14, 1995
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    April 12, 1995

    NORTH OF THE BORDER

    A MEXICAN AIRLINE PURSUES ITS EX-CHAIRMAN TO A VAIL CONDO.

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    February 22, 1995
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